5 little known facts about Niacin
Niacin, which is also known as Vitamin B3, has many uses. It is probably most well-known for its ability to treat high cholesterol, though it’s also known for its ability to treat Pellagra (Vitamin B3 deficiency), and to help with conditions like schizophrenia and arthritis.
But there are also some other uses for the vitamin that a lot of people don’t know about – and in this blog post, we are going to share 5 little known facts about Niacin that you might not have heard before.
It can be used to treat alcohol addiction
According to some sources, one possible cause of alcohol cravings is a B vitamin deficiency. The science for using B vitamins to treat alcoholism is old (from the 1950s) and mostly labeled as ‘homeopathic’, but still, many swear by it.
You can read a bit more about it in this article, published by drweil.com. But the main point here is that B Vitamins (including Vitamin B3) can help to stop alcohol cravings.
It can be used to treat sexual dysfunction
It’s no secret that many different B vitamins have been shown to be useful for sexual health – and Niacin is no exception.
It can help the body to produce more of the primary sexual hormones, improves circulation (which helps with erectile dysfunction), and helps you to regulate your sleeping patterns (getting enough sleep is a key component to a healthy sex life).
It can be used to fight depression
Niacin has long been used as a tool to help fight depression and anxiety. In fact, it might be even more beneficial for this application than a lot of people give it credit for.
An article, published on foodmatters.com, does a great job of discussing this topic. It also does a great job of describing how to dose yourself, and what to expect in terms of a Niacin Flush.
It can be used to alleviate motion sickness
Do you often find yourself feeling nauseous during plane or automobile rides? This isn’t so uncommon – but did you know that Niacin can help to alleviate such symptoms?
According to an article published on drdavidwilliams.com, a combination of Niacin (200 to 300 mg) and papaya can help you to get rid of the effects of motion sickness. You should take the two ingredients about 15 minutes before beginning your journey to experience the maximum benefits.
It can be used to treat memory loss
Vitamin B3 has long been touted for its ability to enhance memory and focus – but many people don’t realize that there is some evidence that suggests that it could also be used to treat dementia and memory loss as well (both age-related and memory loss due to Alzheimer’s).
According to this article, mice with Alzheimer’s disease that were treated with Niacinamide were cured of the disease in only 4 months – which is pretty incredible! Granted, the experiment might work differently on humans – but still, the evidence is pretty strong that Niacin is very beneficial for preventing memory loss.
It’s also useful for boosting memory function in people who aren’t suffering from memory loss – which makes it an even better option for people who are committed to keeping their brains as healthy as possible!
Of course, there is a lot about Vitamin B3 that is still unknown – and to be honest, more clinical studies need to be done to determine exactly how beneficial it is.
But even if these uses are more ‘naturalistic’ in nature, there is still some strong evidence to say that Niacin is useful in a wide variety of applications.
Obviously, dosing levels will depend on exactly what you are trying to accomplish – but a bit of research and some dialogue with your doctor should help to get you started on the right path of Niacin is something that you’re interested in taking.